The Great Irish Fair is a family-friendly event celebrating New York City’s great Irish-American heritage and culture. Now in its 35th year, the fair will take place Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, 3052 West 21st St.
Festivities begin with 10 a.m. Mass followed by an award ceremony, live entertainment featuring traditional and contemporary Irish music from local Irish bands, Irish food, dancing and goods as well as children’s activities and attractions.
Enjoy performances from John Nolan, Andy Cooney, the Buckley School of Irish Dance, FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, Derek Warfield & The Young Wolftones, O’Malley Irish Dance Academy, McLean Avenue Band, Breezy Point Catholic Club Pipes and Drums, Searson and Unforgettable Fire.
General admission tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Children under age 14 are admitted for free.
VIP tickets are available for $45 in advance, $50 at the door, and include access to the private rooftop bar, complimentary light food, cell phone charging station, private bathroom and talent “Meet and Greet.” VIP Happy Hour is 1 to 3 p.m. with drink specials.
In 1982, the Brooklyn Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) founded the Great Irish Fair of New York, and in 2007 the event began being sponsored and organized by the non-profit Irish American Building Society Charities, Inc. All net proceeds will be donated to a charitable fund for Brooklyn and Queens diocesan Catholic elementary schools.